With track-sole boots becoming virtually ubiquitous last winter, it was only a matter of time before the chunky-sole trend infiltrated other types of footwear. That’s why it hardly came as a surprise when we started seeing statement loafers launch across luxury and high-street brands. And now, nearing the end of 2022, it’s clear this trend is going nowhere.
When it comes to designer brands, Prada has been one of the labels at the forefront of this trend. The Italian fashion house launched logo-embellished chunky loafers in 2020, garnering the attention of models and influencers including Elsa Hosk, Pernille Teisbæk and more. (The coveted style has since sold out across multiple platforms.)
Understandably, several other brands have also embraced the trend, with Proenza Schouler adding its signature contrast stitching to a pair of platform leather loafers and Dries Van Noten has offered up a striking red version.
Worn alongside jeans and knits or midi skirts and sweatshirts, the footwear trend has an impressive fan base on Instagram, so much so that we are officially declaring it the most popular shoe style of 2022. Keep scrolling to see how the fashion set is wearing the trend, and shop loafers below.
This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.